While Krawler monsters aren't adorable, each piece of card art integratesthe biological body of insects with its corresponding attribute or aspectof the nervous system that each represents. They may not be cute, but youcan tell a lot of thought went into their macabre designs. The Krawlers maynot terrify me like one ovial card, but their effects have the potential torip through all your opponent's resources. This week's contributor fromFrance writes…
I was worried that I wouldn't be able to afford any good decksgoing forward, but then I found the Krawlers. All the cards arereally cheap, and it turns out that they can be pretty good if youknow what you're doing with them. I really like to put lots ofKrawlers facedown, and I even thought about adding Kuribandit tocombine with Burst Return for early dominating plays.
I then realized it would just be better to use Card of Demise andInto The Void. I don't like how World Legacy Pawns and Pot ofDuality conflict, so that's why I turn to you. My favorite card inthe deck is not in the Main Deck but the Extra Deck - X-KrawlerQualiark. It's beefy and makes me want more Krawlers.
-Marc L. ~ Nice, France
Check out his deck, promised to be full of new toys to play with!
DECKID=108032While there isn't a one-to-one correlation, Krawlers remind me of Shaddollsmixed with Yang Zings. Add Flip Effect monsters with recursion, and youhave a theme that's not just new in name alone. It's a unique deck thatfeels really fresh.
Let's get to it.
Spooky Scary Krawler Theme
…Sends shivers down your spine. At least, it does for me. The more youlook, the freakier the art gets, no matter how much I admire the theme.
Anyway, enough about how the cards look - let's talk about what they cando. Simply put, Krawlers are all Earth Insects that have Flip Effects tocover the spread of all simple destruction and economy effects. One getsKrawlers from the deck to your hand, one blows up spells, one brings youbreakfast in the morning… the Flip Effect Krawlers are all pretty basic.
The best part about the Main Deck Krawlers is their common ability thatbrings out more Krawlers when your opponent destroys them with cardeffects. You'll revive whatever two Krawlers you please from yourgraveyard, and when you throw them down, you'll get to abuse the newlysummoned Krawlers' effects as well!
Obviously the Field Spell World Legacy in Shadow feeds your graveyard withKrawlers, but if your only strategy is to smatter the field with FlipKrawlers, you'll be missing out on their full potential. To succeed withKrawlers, you'll want to yard several of them pretty early to get the mostbang for your buck. What's a quick and dirty way to do that? Surprisingly,one of my favorite cards that I'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO USE BEFORE ANDTOTALLY NOT BITTER ABOUT – Resonance Insect. When banished, it yards anInsect. When yarded, it nets a big bug from your deck.
Gold Sarcophagus immediately turns into Foolish Burial for Krawlers, and Ithink that's a huge boost to the theme right there. Resonance Insect actsas a de facto Foolish Burial, then in two turns you get more use out ofyour monster - keep in mind, it's an Earth Insect as well, so worst casescenario it's food for X-Krawler Neurogos and X-Krawler Synaphysis. WhenResonance Insect hits the yard you'll get a search as well - I personallythink Doom Dozer is a hilarious-but-effective way to finish the duel in ahurry.
Resonance Insect turns into the monster that just keeps giving. When youSpecial Summon your Doom Dozer by banishing Resonance Insect, its effectkicks in again and yards another Krawler. Having the ability to yardKrawlers relatively easily means you can play fewer copies of thenot-so-amazing ones and still reap the full benefits from them. I know someof the monsters may seem a bit niche, but remember that Resonance Insectcan also search Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju. You don't need to startshoving as many Kaiju as possible into the deck, but having another tool atyour disposal is worth the spot.
Krawler? I Don't Even Know Her!
The biggest concern I have with Marc's deck is that it's just soslow. Decks that revolve around flip effects are going to beinherently slow, but when the deck's real strength lies in the Extra Deck,cards like Pot of Duality and Card of Demise are cut from the vein of beingboring. Obviously they have merit in a lot of strategies, but that'stypically when you're digging for specific cards or early combos.
I do like Card of Demise because it can effectively yard several Krawlermonsters for future revival, but there are just more interesting ways toachieve the same output with fun cards like Resonance Insect. Furthermore,you can field the big Link monsters when slow rolling it!
Instead, I vouch for Multiplication of Ants and Worm Bait. Never heard ofthose cards? That's not surprising, because they're normally awful, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. Before Link Monsters, what inthe world could you have done with Insect Tokens? Worm Bait goes a stepfurther and restricts your Summons on Level 3 and 4 monsters… have Iconvinced you those cards used to be horrible yet?
X-Krawler Neurogos and X-Krawler Synaphysis only need Insect and Earthmonsters respectively, and the Insect Tokens from Worm Bait andMultiplication of Ants fit the bill. Worm Bait's obviously a bit bettersince you don't need to tribute a monster, but I think having another copyof Token creation via a single Multiplication of Ants feeds into yourKrawler Army.
After all, the big scary X-Krawler Qualiark is fed by swarming the fieldwith Krawlers, getting boosts the more Krawlers you have on your field.Obviously, I'm emphasizing the importance of extra Earth Insects, AKA allthose Tokens. Take a look at the second effect for all the X-Krawlers: whenthey hit the yard you'll get two more Krawlers from your graveyardfacedown. As soon as you can field any of the X-Krawlers, you'llwant to Link Summon them immediately. The deck isn't going to win by slowlysetting Krawlers and just hoping to accrue enough field presence to win thegame.
That said, I'm not above adding some slower cards. Scapegoats, for example,is such a blessing to this deck. While the defense it provides can beuseful, it's also an explosive way to make a giant Link army to supplementyour X-Krawlers. A single copy of Scapegoats nets a Missus Radiant and anX-Krawler Synaphysis with three open linked zones. I can't stressthis enough, but you'll win with Krawlers by throwing everything includingthe kitchen sink at your opponent.
For better or worse, YCS Dallas showed that we have a clear frontrunner forthe deck-to-beat in this format, and still potentially the next; SPYRALSjust overshadowed everything else completely. "But Trickstars and Invokedmade Top 32 as well!" To that I say, "Quiet, you. Any deck that takes 29 ofthe Top 32 spots is clearly the best deck no matter how you cut it."
And for that reason, I'm testing a certain insect - Retaliating "C".
The card's design was all but made to stop Shaddoll Fusion, but it canthrow a pretty big wrench into certain SPYRAL combos, depending on whatcards your opponent opened with. Retaliating "C" is normally difficult toSummon with its own effect, but with an early SPYRAL GEAR - Big Red, youmay just stop some of the deadliest parts of a SPYRAL combo by banishingeverything your opponent yards. Plus you get a Krawler when Retaliating "C"dies!
Check out the changes to the deck below.
-2 Krawler Axon
-1 Krawler Glial
-1 Krawler Spine
-3 Krawler Ranvier
-3 Pot of Duality
-3 Into The Void
-1 Upstart Goblin
-3 Card of Demise
-1 World Legacy Pawns
-3 Burst Return
-2 Firewall Dragon
-1 Missus Radiant
-1 X-Krawler Qualiark
+1 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
+1 Doom Dozer
+1 Maxx "C"
+3 Resonance Insect
+3 Retaliating "C"
+3 Gold Sarcophagus
+1 Multiplication of Ants
+3 Worm Bait
+1 Upstart Goblin
+1 Decode Talker
+1 Link Spider
+1 Proxy Dragon
+1 Subterror Behemoth Fiendess
Keep in mind, I'm not saying Retaliating "C" will give you anauto-win, but it's a cheap hand trap that has synergy with Krawlers andwill make SPYRALS reconsider their early combos when they lean on SPYRALGEAR - Big Red. Here's the final build of the deck.
DECKID=108033Again, I'm surprised I like Krawlers so much considering they're bugsand Flip Effect monsters, but they turned out to be a really fundeck to play! And since the strategy's so inexpensive, it's a good budgetdeck to play around with when you don't have the funds for the biggerstrategies, or don't want to overinvest in something new just to get awayform the more regular competitive grind.
Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!
Loukas Peterson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where it's warmer thanwarm, whatever that means. When he's not trying to figure out his lifeor crying about the lack of Fabled support, you can find making"attempts" at "art" and playing his ukulele terribly, or on Thursdaynights, practicing punching the air for an upcoming contest. Hailed asthe only person capable of cooking Minute Rice in 57 seconds, Loukas isalways looking for another creative outlet and a dog to pet.
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